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Best Text

Erica Hijazi constructed a bow from a 1939 Willamette College newspaper she unearthed while picking up a VCR purchased on Craigslist. Hijazi and her date, Frank DeFrancesco—who wore a tie constructed from the same newspaper—took home the Costume Contest’s grand prize for Best Text.

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Best Use of Type


( L ) Mark Anen shows off his G-Man costume ( it means a Government Man). Though, based on his bling, this could stand for Gangster Man.
( R ) Size does matter: Melanie and Luke Rolka in matching A Cup and D Cup costumes. Luke won Best Use of Type in the Text Ball costume contest.

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The B’s Have It

( L ) David Schaeffer is The Letter Bee (Get it? It’s a bee…holding a letter.)
( R ) Heather MacKenzie and John Niekrasz, are Bee Keepers

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God Says —

Viva Las Vegas, Text Ball’s hostess, shows off her “God Says” T-shirt, which she made for Easter Sunday when she was 23. We’re not allowed tell you what the rest of the T-shirt says. Viva’s reading from hew new book, The Gospel According to Viva Las Vegas raised about $100 for the IPRC, as she cheekily stopped at opportune moments to pass a hat around.

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Dante’s Inferno Skirt

Red fabric, feathers, and pages from the text of Dante’s Inferno itself went into creating the four circles of Aimee Pedretti’s own personal (and beautiful) hell.

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Prizes for Costumes

The evenings’ trophies were created by students in the Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Book Arts program and were given to costume contest winners.

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Smarty-Pants

Jen Weaver-Neist’s homemade “smarty pants” costume was topped off with funky shades and a pseudo-crown of metallic paper flowers for extra sparkle.

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The Dudes

( L ) Carl Larson as Text on the Beach
( R ) Ken Southerland is Crow Magazine Man

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Letter-hosen

Independent Publishing Resource Center board member and Text Ball organizer, Marilyn Zornado, with Justin Hocking, director of the IPRC. Hocking dressed in letter-hosen. Zornado wore a silk robe hand-painted with words and phrases.

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Gothic Type Cape

The crowd swirls around IPRC board member and book artist Barb Tetenbaum in her “Gothic Type” cape, as she swoops towards the dirty limerick station.

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Dirty Limericks

One of the many limericks submitted in the dirty limerick contest. Some were handwritten, while others opted for nostalgic use of the typewriter.

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Crossword Puzzles

Text Ball attendees (left to right) Francesca Zivny, Emma Monrad, Grace Zivny work on a crossword puzzle together.

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Runner-up: Most Literary

Myrlin Hermes hand-made her costume, which featured the entire text of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129: “The expense of spirit in a waste of shame is lust in action…”

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Dirty Limericks Station

By mid-evening, the limerick station was littered with empty wine cups and, most likely, a few more…creative…limericks than before.

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Crossword Puzzles are for Friends

Chris McCrew and IPRC staff member Lillian Karabaic work out a crossword puzzle. Karabaic jokingly described Text Ball as “getting a bunch of socially awkward people together and making them interact.” She added, “We found out a long time ago that wordcrosses are the only way to get people to talk to each other.”

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